The Framingham risk score underestimates the risk of cardiovascular events in the HER2-positive breast cancer population.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

INTRODUCTION: Patients with breast cancer (bca) who overexpress her2 (the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2) are at risk for cardiotoxicity when treated with anthracycline-based chemotherapy and her2-targeted agents. The Framingham risk score (frs) is a validated tool that stratifies patients into high-, intermediate-, or low-risk groups and calculates their 10-year risk of developing cardiovascular disease (cvd) based on past medical history, systolic blood pressure, and measurement of serum lipids. We retrospectively analyzed patients with her2-positive bca to determine whether the frs predicts adverse cardiovascular (CV) events or cardiotoxicity in patients treated using anthracyclines or her2-targeted therapy, or both. METHODS: The frs was determined for patients with bca referred to The Ottawa Hospital Cardiology-Oncology Clinic from October 2008 to August 2014. The patients were stratified into high (≥20%), intermediate (10%-20%), and low (<10%) 10-year cv risk groups. Primary outcomes included cvd-related hospitalizations and deaths, and cardiotoxicity [drop in left ventricular ejection fraction (lvef) of >10% to a lvef ≤50%]. RESULTS: Of the 152 patients included in the analysis (median follow-up: 40.7 months; range: 3.5-263 months), 47 (31%) were classified as high risk; 36 (24%), as intermediate risk; and 69 (45%), as low-risk. The number of cvd-related hospitalizations and deaths was 22, for an overall prevalence of 14%, with significantly more events occurring in high-risk than in low-risk patients (odds ratio: 4.18; 95% confidence limits: 1.47, 11.89). The frs predicted a 10-year risk of any cv event of 11.2% and underestimated the actual rate of cv events in the entire cohort. High frs was not associated with cardiotoxicity (p = 0.82). CONCLUSIONS: In a population of patients with her2-positive bca referred to a cardiology-oncology clinic, the frs does not accurately predict the risk of cv events or cardiotoxicity.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Law, W; Johnson, C; Rushton, M; Dent, S

Published Date

  • October 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 5

Start / End Page

  • e348 - e353

PubMed ID

  • 29089804

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5659158

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1198-0052

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3747/co.24.3684


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Switzerland